Los Angeles Autumn Guide 2018

Autumn is an exciting time to visit the City of Angels, with its inspired line-up of contemporary and classic exhibitions, strikingly evocative stage performances and award-winning shows. Add Halloween to the mix – executed with true American super-size ceremony throughout October – and this promises to be an unforgettable season.

Until 16th September

The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy

The technique of creating an image from two or more carved woodblocks inked in different colours produced some of the most striking prints of the Renaissance, and certainly formed the cornerstone of colour printing in Europe. In this exhibition, LACMA draws together 100 rare woodcuts dating back to the 16th century, curated alongside supporting drawings and sculptures to reveal the technical advancements of the first forays into printmaking.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

11th November 2018 – 25th March 2019

Laura Owens

Bold, large-scale paintings and experimental techniques have established LA-based artist Laura Owens as one of the most influential artists of her generation. This mid-career exhibition at MOCA glances back over the past 20 years of Owens’s oeuvre, demonstrating how her early canvases set the stage for her current work that incorporates an inspired use of silkscreen, digital printing and computer manipulation.

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

8th – 10th November 2018

The Tempest

Inhabitants of Shakespeare’s enchanted island, Ariel, Caliban, Miranda and Prospero, receive dramatic orchestral treatment by Los Angeles Philharmonic collaborating with The Old Globe. Combining Jean Sibelius’s symphony – considered by many to be his greatest work – with words from the Bard’s final play, Barry Edelstein directs and Susanna Mälkki conducts a very memorable stage production.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

6th October 2018 – 21st January 2019

Architects of a Golden Age

The Huntington traces the inception of some of Los Angeles most iconic buildings, including Union Station, the Mayan Theater, the Stock Exchange Building and a scattering of its Chinatown structures in this selection of 20 original drawings and plans, carefully curated from the institution’s Southern California architecture collection. Dated between 1920 to 1940, the works offer an intriguing glimpse of the city’s vintage urbanscapes.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108

17th October – 25th November 2018

Dear Evan Hansen

Tony and Grammy Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen is an all-American stage musical about a lonely high-school senior with crippling social anxiety, who fabricates a lie following the suicide of his classmate that inadvertently brings him popularity and acclaim. With catchy lyrics by Broadway musical maestros Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, this is a feel-good play that poignantly addresses current social themes.

Ahmanson Theatre
135 N Grand Avenue
Los Angeles,
California 90012

5th – 30th October 2018

Mr Bones Pumpkin Patch

Time to celebrate Halloween and Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch guarantees a super-size experience of the spooky festival. From pony rides and a petting zoo to a giant pumpkin jumping castle and a maze made from hay bales – not to mention the ghoulish face-painting and glitter tattoos – this Halloween experience is perfect for families.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch, 10100 Jefferson Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

30th October – 9th December 2018

Valley of the Heart

Written and directed by Luis Valdez, Valley of the Heart at the Mark Taper Forum examines the difficult issues of immigration through a script about two families, one Mexican, one Japanese-American, sharing farmland during the Great Depression. Most gripping is the fate of their children, who become involved in a secret romance. Sensitively wrought and soaked in pathos.

Mark Taper Forum, 135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

22nd September – 14th October 2018

Don Carlo

Considered to be one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most evocative works, this operatic tale follows Don Carlo as, broken-hearted from losing his fiancée to his father, he turns against the Spanish Inquisition at the risk of losing his life. Operatic tenor Ramón Vargas takes the lead while tenor Plácido Domingo supports as Don Carlo’s heroic friend Rodrigo, with James Conlon conducting.

LA Opera, 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Until 6th January 2019

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

From the jewelry that adorned his body and his gold burial sandals to footage of Howard Carter discovering his tomb and artifacts that have never previously travelled outside of Egypt, this fascinating exhibition at the California Science Center employs multimedia exhibits to shed light on Tutankhamun’s life, health and lineage. Complement the experience with a viewing of the Mysteries of Egypt on the centre’s seven-storey Imax screen.

California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

14th September – 31st October

Halloween Horror Nights

Fans of Netflix series Stranger Things and cult Halloween classic Trick ‘r Treat should head to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, where iconic scenes such as the parallel universe of the Upside Down and a grisly maze that’s populated with college students morphing into werewolves await. Enter at your peril.

Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608